You Think You Won’t Qualify for Life Insurance, but You’re Wrong | California Benefit Advisors

Think you can’t qualify for life insurance? Think again. You want to protect your loved ones for the future once you’re no longer around to provide for them. We all do. Life insurance gives you that peace of mind that your family will be taken care of after you’re gone. However, you’re also worried that … Continued

UBA Survey: Weary Families Get a Break While Singles See Out-of-Pocket Cost Increases | California Benefit Advisors

While the rate impact of the regulatory environment plays out, one thing is clear from the 2017 UBA Health Plan Survey: employers continue to shift a greater share of expenses to employees through out-of-pocket cost increases. While this is just one of 7 mega trends uncovered in the survey, it is particularly interesting this year … Continued

The Perks of Holiday Parties: How They’re Still an Asset to Your Company | California Benefit Advisors

The end of the year is upon us and a majority of companies celebrate with an end-of-year/holiday party.  Although the trend of holiday parties has diminished in recent years, it’s still a good idea to commemorate the year with an office perk like a fun, festive party. BENEFITS OF A YEAR-END CELEBRATION Holiday staff parties … Continued

DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims | California Benefit Advisors

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule that delays implementation of new claim rules for disability benefits through April 1, 2018. This 90-day delay is intended to give the DOL, insurers, employers, and other interested parties additional time to review the new rules. The DOL is collecting public … Continued

Latest IRS ACA Round Up (Including 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments) | California Benefit Advisors

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the instructions for Forms 1094/1095 for the 2017 tax year, announced PCORI fees for 2017-18, and announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018. The IRS provided additional guidance on leave-based donation programs’ tax treatment and released an information letter on COBRA and Medicare. Here’s a recap of these actions for … Continued

What Is Employer Paid Term Life Insurance? | California Benefit Advisors

Employer-paid life insurance can be an important part of protecting your family in the event that you die prematurely. Companies offer the program on top of other benefits, such as health insurance. The coverage is generally term insurance, meaning there is no investment or cash-value component. If you pass on unexpectedly, depriving your family not … Continued

Difference Between Basic Insurance & Major Medical Insurance | California Benefit Advisors

Choosing a health care plan often comes down to cost, but don’t forget to compare the monthly premium with the amount of coverage you get. Major medical insurance is designed to cover you during everything from routine check-ups to major catastrophic events. Basic health insurance, by contrast, is a cash reimbursement service that can help … Continued

Top 7 Trends from 2017 UBA Health Plan Survey | California Benefit Advisors

We recently unveiled the latest findings from our 2017 Health Plan Survey. With data on 20,099 health plans sponsored by 11,221 employers, the UBA survey is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined. Here are the top trends at a glance. Cost-shifting, plan changes, and … Continued

PPOs Dominate Despite Savings with HMOs and CDHPs | California Benefit Advisors

The findings of our 2017 Health Plan Survey show a continuation of steady trends and some surprises. It’s no surprise, however, that costs continue to rise. The average annual health plan cost per employee for all plan types is $9,934, an increase from 2016, when the average cost was $9,727. There are significant cost differences … Continued

Keeping Your Small Business in Business Through a Disability | California Benefit Advisors

If you own a business, you know how it feels to live for that business. You also rely on it to support you and your family. So, what would happen if you suddenly became ill or injured and could no longer work? You need to think about the what-ifs. The fact is, your loved ones … Continued